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Cyber Safety: Tips and Advice for Teens

Last edited 24th February 2010

Cyber Safety: Tips and Advice for Teens

This is a guide for teenagers on internet use... it is also useful for parents to learn these internet safety tips so you are aware of what your children may be dealing with online.

The online world is truly amazing. And while it allows you to do so much, there are some very real risks. Finding out about what can happen and what you can do about it are all part of learning to be smart online.

Click on the links below to learn about how we should behave when using the internet.

Unwanted Contact: Sometimes you can meet someone or see something online that is offensive, upsetting or makes you feel uncomfortable. What should you do?

Cyberbullying: The same rules apply online as in real life about how to treat other people. Unfortunately, people don’t always treat each other well online, and you, or a friend, may find that you are the target of cyberbullying.

Online Friends: Chatting to friends using IM, in chat rooms and on social networking sites can be a great way to keep up to date. Meeting new friends online is also pretty fun. But while there are lots of good points about keeping in touch, there are also some risks with meeting people online.

Playing Games Online: Playing games online and using consoles or games on a computer is great fun, but you to need to be careful about how much you play and who you play with.  

Digital Footprint: The internet is a great place for sharing info, but remember that what you share with your friends could be seen by other people that you don’t know. They may also be able to look at it for years to come. Once it’s online, it could be there forever. So think before you post.  

P2P File Sharing: Peer-to-peer (P2P) services can be a great way to share music, software and movies, but if the owner of that media does not want them to be shared, you could be breaching copyright laws, and liable for a large fine.

Offensive/illegal content:When you’re surfing the web you may come across websites and other material that is offensive, obscene or illegal. There are some easy ways to handle these situations.

Online Shopping: Online shops are increasingly popular as they provide an easy, convenient way to buy the things you want or need. To avoid any issues when you're shopping online, aim to use the websites of well-established, recognised retailers. These sites rely on people feeling safe, so they manage their site to ensure that transactions are secure. 

Identity Theft: Identity theft is when your personal information is used without your knowledge or permission. This can take a variety of forms, and, in the worst case, it can involve criminals using your information to steal money from you or to open bank accounts or credit cards in your name. While this may not seem a problem if you don’t yet have a credit card, it might damage your chances of getting one when you’re older. 

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